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Sixth Sunday of Easter

We Gather as the Body of Christ

PRELUDE              Erin Tellier

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and FUNNY STORY

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS

(Psalm 98, John 15)

Pastor Bob

The Holy One’s steadfast love and

faithfulness are shared with all.

We are called to the greatest commandment:

To abide in God’s love and to love

one another as God has loved us –

not as servants, but as friends.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Margo Cox-Liturgist

Jesus calls us friends. As we come to worship, we seek to deepen that friendship, nurture that friendship and protect that friendship as an important priority in our lives. Let us worship God together!

      

EPISTLE READING          Acts 10: 44-48

Margo Cox

HYMN:    Spirit of the Living God

UMC Hymnal    #393

A READING FROM THE PSALMS

(Psalm 98)    Margo Cox

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION to PRAYER

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

UMC Hymnal    #349

LIFTING THE PRAYERS FROM THE HEART

PASTORAL PRAYER    Pastor Bob

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:  What a Friend We Have in Jesus

UMC Hymnal    #526

GOSPEL READING    John 15: 9-17

This is the Word of God for the People of God

Thanks be to God, Amen

MEDITATION          Pastor Bob

I Call You Friend

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   (Acts 10)    Pastor Bob

The Holy Spirit’s gifts have been poured into our hearts and our lives. In response, let us share these blessings for the good of God’s people. Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY    Erin Tellier

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    # 94

BLESSING of the OFFERING    John 15

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

You call us “Friend,” O Lord, and we respond in friendship, in generosity and in love. Receive these gifts, and bless them, in the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.

COMMUNION  HYMN:

The Table  arranged by Dave Williamson

Choir

GREAT THANKSGIVING    Pastor Bob

HOLY COMMUNION:

Come to the Table of LOVE...ALL

are welcome to the table.

LORD’S PRAYER

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

BENEDICTION    (John 15)

Turn to Jesus, who calls you, “Friend.” When you are struggling, turn to Jesus. When you are filled with joy, turn to Jesus. And when you have any need, turn to Jesus, who calls you … “Friend.” May the friendship of Jesus, the love of God, and the encouragement of the Holy Spirit be with you and bless you, this day. Amen.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!

POSTLUDE           Erin Tellier

Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources:

Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2024.

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